How I Did My Ombre Hair Color

I’ve always done my hair color at home. I can probably count the times I had my hair colored at the salon with my fingers in one hand! I just love the convenience of doing it in my own time – no need to schedule it in my calendar. I can do it whenever I want to. Sometimes, on a very random night! Plus, I can multi-task while I’m waiting for my hair color to develop. So below, I’m sharing with you how I did my new ombre hair color, along with tips for coloring at home.

 

 

WHAT I USED

For this ombre hair color tutorial, I used the newest line from Zotos Professional hair products – the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ line. It was developed to allow users to lighten hair without fear of damage, hair breakage, or further aging! If you’re one of those who worry about bleaching disasters, the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line is for you. Make sure to check the link to learn more and to view the complete line of products in their website.

 

 

WHERE TO FIND + PROMOTION

You can find these products at your local Sally Beauty. Now, let me list everything I used for this specific hair color I did at home.

ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS USED FOR LIGHTENING HAIR + HAIR COLOR:

  • Ultra Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz sachet
  • Ultra Bond 20 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for on-scalp application)
  • Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for off-scalp application)
  • Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent 6N Light Brown
  • Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent Clear Shine
  • Demi-Dedicated Developer

ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL ULTRA BOND™ HAIRCARE PRODUCTS USED:

  • No.1 Cleanse (shampoo)
  • No.2 Condition (conditioner)
  • No.2+ Deep Treatment

OTHERS:

  • Gloves
  • Cape
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair clips
  • Brush/applicators
  • Mixing bowl (I used old take-out bowls)
  • Spa essentials like candles, sheet/eye masks, music, and drink of choice (bonus/optional)

STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL

(1) Begin by putting on your cape. Not talking about the superhero kind, but that’s fine too! If you don’t have one, wear an old t-shirt or button down that’s okay to get stained.

TIP: You can also get a clean garbage bag and cut a hole on top for your head, and two smaller ones on either side for your arms.

(2) Start by applying petroleum jelly around the hairline, on your forehead, neck, and the top of your ears. After that, wear your gloves.

TIP: Applying petroleum jelly or conditioner will prevent stains on your skin.

 

(3) In a mixing bowl, mix the powder lightener and corresponding developer according to the package directions in the lightener you are using. For on-scalp application, use the 20-volume developer. For off-scalp application, you can use the 40-volume developer.

 

 

(4) Once everything is mixed well, you can begin applying it to your hair. Grab 1-2 inch sections of hair and apply with an applicator brush or your fingers (with gloves, of course). Since this is an ombre hair color tutorial, I started from the ends and worked my way up until where I want the lighter color to be. In my case, I did the lightener up until under my ears. Remember to focus on the ends first, make sure it is saturated with the mixture before you go up.

 

 

(5) Once you’ve applied and used up all the lightener for your hair, let it sit for 60 minutes, checking every 10 minutes. You can leave it for less time if you’ve reached your desired color. And while you wait, it’s time for some pamper time!

TIP: Use the wait time to pamper yourself. You don’t always have to spend so much $$$ at the spa just to pamper yourself. You can do it at home! Light some candles, play some relaxing music, and pour yourself your favorite drink. Put on some sheet or eye masks, and then read a magazine or an e-book, whatever you fancy!

 

(6) When the time is up, rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. use the Ultra Bond No.1 Cleanse to shampoo your hair. Follow up with No.2 to condition it. After rinsing, let your hair dry before proceeding to color it.

The No. 2+ Deep Treatment is used after you lighten/color your hair. Use it on clean, damp hair as you would a hair treatment product.

 

And voila… this is the end result…

 

 

Just kidding! This was my hair after lightening it. Since I have really dark brown to almost black hair, it will take longer to get it to a lighter shade. But I went with this because my goal was to get it to a light brown color. It’s now time for the next step!

(7) It’s time to mix up the hair color I’m using. I went with the 6N Light Brown Demi Permanent hair color. I used 3/4 of that with 1/4 Clear Shine (for that healthy, shiny look). You don’t have to mix up colors if you’re not comfortable doing so. You can just pick a shade you like and mix it with the corresponding developer. In this case, I used the demi dedicated developer and mixed them all in the bowl.

 

 

(8) Now for this, I applied more color to the top and less as I go down towards the ends of my hair. This helped achieved the ombre look. Once you have applied the hair color all over, let it develop according to package directions (about 20 minutes for all over application).

 

 

(9) Once your timer is done, rinse your hair until the water runs clear. You may use the same conditioner to condition hair, or use a hair mask. Rinse, let dry, and style your hair. Now admire!

 

 

This is how the back looks like:

 

 

Now telling all my friends about the Ultra Bond powder lightener because I want to do other lighter colors next time!!!

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Here are some before and after photos with a ring light so you can see how it looks like with indoor lighting.

 

 

And a final one with the mix of natural and warm light!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this hair tutorial. I promise it’s easier than it seems like. Let me know if you decide to color your hair at home and what you think about the new Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line!

 

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Zotos Ultra Bond Hair Lightening

“You are so brave,” my husband says as he walks in the house seeing me with a cap on my head and bleach all over it!

 

 

 

Typically I would never color my own hair at home, I have had enough trouble finding a professional to color my hair right. But after researching and learning about Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ I was beyond excited to give it a try! I have to be honest, I have had bleaching disasters in the past, so typically something like this would have me nervous and scared to try. But after reading the reviews, testimonials, and watching a couple Zotos Professional Videos, I was ready to try!

The new Ultra Bond™ line allows users to lighten hair without the fear of further aging, breakage or damage. AGEbeautiful introduces Ultra Bond™ lighteners and hair care with built-in bonding to enforce strengthening and protecting the hair with each use. It is infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids, and keratin for a softening and silky effect. My favorite part is that it leaves the hair stronger, shinier, and more youthful-looking with each use. When I was finished, not only did I love the color, but my hair was so soft and felt so healthy.

What I love about this at home treatment is that it allows me time in between services to stay fresh and bright. I am going to lay out the EASY FOUR steps that will allow you to get amazing results at home.

 

 

Step One – MIX

Mix Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz with Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz

 

 

Step Two – PREPARE

I pulled my hair through a cap to leave some of my natural brown color. So next decide how you want to apply it.

 

Step Three – APPLY

Apply and leave on for up to 60 minutes. Checking every 10 minutes.I left mine on for 35 minutes.

 

Step Four – CONDITION

Rinse and use No.2+ Deep Treatment 8.45 fl oz and style your favorite look!

Zotos Professional No.2+ Deep Treatment is a conditioning treatment with built in bonding to strengthen and condition the hair.

 

BEFORE – semi dark roots

 

AFTER

I LOVE the color blonde and how well the product lightened up my roots. This will most definitely save me a trip to my stylist which is money and time back in my pocket!
Visit Zotos Professional here to see more EASY at home Hair products!

How to Bleach Your Hair at Home

Being a former professional hair stylist, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

There are times when you just need to bite the bullet and pay for a pro to color your hair.

But there are also a lot of times where you can get professional results right in the comfort of your own home!

I recently found Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ Powder Lightener and Developer at my local Sally Beauty and I am seriously impressed with the results.

 

 

I’ve tried a few other powder lightener brands at Sally Beauty over the past 8 years of DIYing my own platinum blonde hair at home, and they didn’t quite perform to my standards.

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener lifted my hair fast, evenly, and most importantly safely!

Seriously, look at the “before”… yikes!

 

 

Don’t just take my word for it…

Keep reading to see how I achieved pro results at home and how you can too!

KEEP THIS IN MIND BEFORE YOU BEGIN BLEACHING YOUR HAIR AT HOME

Don’t wash your hair the day of. Even better if it’s been a few days! The natural oils in your hair help protect your scalp when doing an all-over bleach application.

Know where you’re at naturally. Natural hair color comes in levels 1-10, 1 being naturally black and 10 being naturally very light blonde. Compare your regrowth to a natural hair level chart.

Know your undertones. All natural hair also has undertones with level 1 having red undertones and level 10 having pale yellow undertones. When you lighten your hair, the undertones will be exposed until the bleach eventually lifts most of them out.

For example:

If you are a natural level 4 wanting to get to a level 11 (platinum) your hair will need to first lift out red, then orange, then yellow undertones.

 

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED FOR BLEACHING YOUR HAIR AT HOME:

  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener 6 oz
  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond 20 Volume Developer 4 oz
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator brush
  • Alligator clips
  • A shirt you don’t care about anymore (or a hair cape)
  • Measuring cup
  • Gloves
  • AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Topcoat Toner
  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond No.2+ Deep Treatment 8.45 fl oz

 

 

STEP ONE: SECTION YOUR HAIR

Before you do anything, make sure you are wearing a shirt you don’t care about, or even a hair coloring cape. When you bleach your hair, it WILL get on what you are wearing.

Part your hair into 4 sections: down the middle of your head and from the top of your ear to the top of the other ear.

Secure each section with an alligator clip.

 

 

STEP TWO: MIX THE BLEACH

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener is mixed in a 1:1 ratio with the developer.

 

 

Mix 1 scoop (provided) powder lightener with 1 oz. of cream developer until you get a pudding consistency. If you have thicker hair, you might need to double or triple the amount.

 

 

If you are only retouching regrowth:

Because your scalp generates heat (which helps bleach work more efficiently) you will only need to mix up one batch using 20 volume developer.

If you are lifting previously colored hair:

If you currently have previously colored hair, especially if it’s very dark, I recommend going to a professional until you have the results you’re looking for.

There are just so many things that can go wrong when you are lifting previously colored hair, and a pro has the knowledge and tools readily available to them in case of emergency.

Once you get to an overall platinum blonde, it’s very easy (and budget friendly!) to do your own retouches at home.

 

STEP THREE: APPLY BLEACH TO THE OUTLINE OF EACH SECTION

Make sure you are wearing gloves! Working very quickly, apply bleach with your applicator brush to the outline of each section. This will help keep your application neat.

 

 

Make sure you only apply bleach to the regrowth. If it overlaps, you risk having banding issues (uneven lifting). Luckily, you’re using AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond lightener so you don’t have to worry about breakage 😉

 

STEP FOUR: APPLY BLEACH TO THE REST OF YOUR HEAD

Using your applicator brush and working one section at a time, take approximately 1/4″ diagonal partings and apply the bleach to the regrowth.

 

 

Most would say to start in the back. From personal experience, I like to start in the front so that it gets nice and light. I don’t mind if the back is ever so slightly darker.

 

STEP FIVE: LET IT PROCESS

Bleaching is less about watching the clock and more about watching your hair. There are multiple factors that affect how well your hair will lift including:

  • air temperature
  • humidity
  • and even hormones!

About 15 minutes after you have finished the application, check your hair periodically (about every 5 minutes) until your hair is the color of the inside of a banana.

 

 

STEP SIX: RINSE AND TREAT YOUR HAIR

Rinse the bleach out of your hair with warm water until you can no longer feel any left behind and the water is running clear.

 

 

Shampoo with AGEbeautiful No.1 Cleanse and bring the porosity of your hair back to normal with No.2+ Deep Treatment.

Because I have very porous ends, I prefer to do this before I tone my hair so that the toner takes more evenly.

 

 

STEP SEVEN: TONE YOUR HAIR

The toner you should use depends on your final result desired and what current undertone is present after lifting your hair.

From past experience, I know that it’s tough to get all of the yellow undertones out of my hair. I also had more of a golden blonde before and was now wanting to go more ash. So I selected the Silver Ash Blonde toner.

Apply the toner to your regrowth first because your ends are usually more porous and will soak the toner up VERY quickly. Once the regrowth looks like it’s starting to take to the toner, working very quickly, apply the toner to your ends.

Just like the bleach, keep an eye on your hair so you know when it’s time to rinse.

 

STEP EIGHT: GIVE YOUR HAIR A FINAL SHAMPOO AND CONDITION

Rinse under cool water until it runs clear, and then repeat a shampoo with the No.1 Cleanse and No.2 Condition.

 

 

Besides the fact that I need a haircut in the worst way, didn’t it turn out beautiful?!

 

 

 

Platinum hair with pro results at home is within your reach! Head out to your local Sally Beauty to pick up AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener and Developer (don’t forget your toner).

 

 

 

Ultimate Guide: How to Bleach your Hair at Home

 

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Unbreakable Blonde

Remember when blonding hair meant breakage?

 

There are endless reasons to reach for the bleach…  Whether it’s that blondoholic who is never blonde enough, removing a vivid tone or lifting someone’s base color, bleach and high lift color are your most powerful weapons in the color arsenal.

 

It seems like just yesterday that all that power meant compromised, damaged hair. Those days are long gone thanks to the major leaps and bounds from the labs of Zotos Professional.

 

Brand new from AGEbeautiful… Ultra Bond!

Now we can lighten hair with full confidence and no fear of aging, breakage or damage, all with built-in bonding benefits.

 

This cutting edge series has both a powder and crème lightener, three high lift / hyper lift shades, dedicated developers and an at home maintenance line that is the best I have ever worked with.

 

One of my favorite clients has proudly dubbed herself a “blondoholic”.  As long as she was as bright and white as I could possibly get her, she would suffer through the inevitable breakage side effects.  15 plus years of blonding just jumped into the new era…

 

Ever since we have switched her over to using AGEbeautiful’s Ultra Bond Series the results speak for themselves:

 

Jamie Before Ultra Bond Blonding:

Notice how we could only take her blond so far and all that bleaching took its toll on her hair.

 

Jamie After Ultra Bond Bonding:

I’m not only able to get Jamie lighter and brighter but she is now an unbreakable blond!

 

Jamie Formula:

Dense foil wrap of babylights using AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightner and 40Volume

In between foil wrap free hand paint mid-lengths and ends with AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener and 40Volume

ProTip:  I love adding a drop of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Synergy Deep Treatment to my bleach mixtures for the ultimate in luxury consistency.

 

Lighten her natural level 7 base color using AGEbeautiful HLA and 40Volume

(There’s a reason they call this HyperLift, I’m convinced there is rocket fuel in there!)

Process for 45 minutes

 

ProTipTo create a crisp, cool blond try adding a drop of AGEbeautiful 8A into your HyperLift formula.

 

The piece de resistance to these products is that they have built-in bonding.

There is no messy adding in of ingredients to your bleach, these miracle workers are infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids and keratin.

 

Now for the best part… the Bond Synergy Hair Care:

This at home regime maintains the bonding benefits after all your brilliant blonding.

Doubling the strength and health in the hair.

 

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hair Care In The Wild!

Jamie is excited to add the Bond Series Hair Care to her complete, nutritious hair regime.

 

ProTip:  These shampoos and conditioners are super versatile and a lot of my finer haired clients who are looking, not just for volume, but also density-fiber-building-protein are loving the way this line bulks and fortifies their limp locks.

 

Now that you can lighten with complete confidence go out and there and create unbreakable blondes…

 

I dare you to find breakage!